Red Sox slugger David Ortiz went on a stern defense of himself and his legacy in a written diatribe on The Players’ Tribune website, denying any use of steroids while believing he’s a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame some day.
“Let me tell you something. Say whatever you want about me — love me, hate me,” Ortiz wrote. “But I’m no bulls——. I never knowingly took any steroids. If I tested positive for anything, it was for something in pills I bought at the damn mall. If you think that ruins everything I have done in this game, there is nothing I can say to convince you different.”
Ortiz also took aim at the MLB, who seem to be always wanting to test him for performance enhancing drugs, telling a story of how “two American guys holding briefcases” with “pee cups and big needles” awakened him at his home in the Dominican Republic last winter.
“In some people’s minds, I will always be considered a cheater,” he wrote. “And that’s bulls—. Mark my words: Nobody in MLB history has been tested for PEDs more than me. You know how many times I’ve been tested since 2004? More than 80. They say these tests are random. If it’s really random, I should start playing the damn lottery. Some people still think the testing is a joke. It’s no joke. Ten times a season these guys come into the clubhouse or my home with their briefcases. I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will.”
On his HOF chances:
“Hell yes I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame,” he wrote. “I’ve won three World Series since MLB introduced comprehensive drug testing. I’ve performed year after year after year. But if a bunch of writers who have never swung a bat want to tell me it’s all for nothing, OK. Why do they write my legacy?